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"Who knows why we live, and struggle, and die?... Wise men write many books, in words too hard to understand. But this, the purpose of our lives, the end of all our struggle, is beyond all human wisdom."

—Alan Stewart Paton (1903-88) South African writer, noted for novels Cry, the Beloved Country

 

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Books Of Style: 9 Books That Would Make Great Gifts 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:58:00 GMT 
    A selection of novels, nonfiction and whodunits for readers on your gift list.








ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Disappearing Religions 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:50:27 GMT 
    Gerard Russell talks about “Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms,” and Phil Zuckerman discusses “Living the Secular Life.”








ArtsBeat: Koons Again Accused of Copyright Infringement 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:48:54 GMT 
    A work by Jeff Koons in his retrospective in Paris could set off a legal battle.


Raphaël Jerusalmy’s ‘Brotherhood of Book Hunters’ 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:39:34 GMT 
    François Villon travels to Jerusalem in this literary mystery.


Open Book: Religious Reading 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:39:31 GMT 
    Cynthia Ozick and others recommend novels with religious themes.


‘A Philosophy of Walking,’ by Frédéric Gros 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:39:31 GMT 
    Charting the many ways we walk, and what they say about us.


‘America’s Pastor,’ About Billy Graham, by Grant Wacker 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:39:31 GMT 
    A study of Billy Graham’s ministry examines how American culture shaped him — and he shaped it.


‘Joan of Arc,’ by Kathryn Harrison 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:39:30 GMT 
    Kathryn Harrison’s biography interweaves Joan of Arc’s story with both fictional and historical interpretations.


‘The Great Reformer,’ a Biography of Pope Francis 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:39:28 GMT 
    A biography of Jorge Mario Bergoglio traces his Argentine origins and his path to the Vatican.


Children's Books: ‘Space Case’ and ‘The Twin Powers’ 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:39:27 GMT 
    In these middle-grade novels, a young detective solves a lunar murder, and twins reunite to save their threatened worlds.


‘Ardor,’ by Roberto Calasso 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:39:27 GMT 
    Roberto Calasso delves into the enigmatic web of ritual and myth that defined the ancient Vedic world.


Children's Books: ‘Alphabetabum,’ ‘Take Away the A’ and More 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:39:26 GMT 
    Five alphabet books feature rhyme and alliteration, exuberant animals and found photos of children from the past.


‘The Norton Anthology of World Religions: Volume I’ 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:39:26 GMT 
    The first volume of Norton’s two-part anthology includes texts of Hinduism, Buddhism and Daoism.


Crime: Anthony Horowitz’s ‘Moriarty,’ and More 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:39:22 GMT 
    Anthony Horowitz’s “Moriarty” is a Sherlock ­Holmes pastiche that opens five days after the great detective and his nemesis plunged to their doom.


Evan Thompson’s ‘Waking, Dreaming, Being’ 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:39:22 GMT 
    Merging neuroscience and philosophy, Evan Thompson casts new light on the relationship between the self and the brain.
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